Bars Built By Fear

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~”Two Souls: Caged And Free”
What you have to do today is read the poems closely and then write your own poem about either a free or a caged soul or both.

 Caged Bird
by Maya Angelou

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
and he names the sky his own

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.


Invisible bars
are no weaker
than iron, or cement
walls. Difference is
they are seen and felt
only by you.

Loosen a bar,
rip it out. How
do you feel? Shielded
still? Curious enough
to tear out another?
Step into light. It might
be worth the risk.

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are in the process of returning to New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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7 Responses to Bars Built By Fear

  1. Sumana Roy says:

    yes, it might be worth the risk…

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  2. Sherry Marr says:

    LOVE this poem. I remember a cage with an open door I was afraid to go through. Those bars can be strong.

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  3. gc1963 says:

    Agree. It might be a risk worth takjng

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  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Love, love, love this!! ❤️

    Like

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